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'Adventure' books publisher sues Netflix over 'Bandersnatch'

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 13:52:50-05

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The company that publishes the "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over an interactive film in the science fiction anthology "Black Mirror" series.

In the federal suit filed Friday, the Waitsfield, Vermont-based company Chooseco claims Netflix violated its trademark with "Bandersnatch," released in December.

"Bandersnatch" uses a format similar to those of the books, allowing viewers to choose among actions taken by the characters without knowing the outcome.

The suit says the show refers to the gimmick by having the protagonist refer to a book he is adapting into a video game as a "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel.

Netflix declined to comment Tuesday.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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